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UN says peacekeeper killed in attack on DR Congo base

AFP  |  Kinshasa 

Rebels from a Ugandan-dominated group today attacked a base in DR Congo's unstable east, one and injuring 12 others, the UN mission said.

The took place in Beni where UN soldiers have been battling the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which is dominated by hardline Ugandan Muslims, a spokesman for the UN mission in the of Congo said.


Congolese troops had clashed with the rebels in the area on Sunday. The day before, the ADF attacked around 10 motorbike taxis in the locality.

"The Mamundioma base was attacked at 5:30 am," the UN mission known by its French acronym MONUSCO said, adding that UN ground and air forces had been deployed in the area.

The UN did not specify the nationality of the dead soldier or the injured.

Rich in precious minerals, the east of DRC has been unstable for 20 years.

Several dozen local and foreign armed groups stand accused of serious rights abuses against civilians, such as rape, killings and abductions.

The ADF has been accused by and the UN mission of more than 700 people in the Beni region since October 2014.

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First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 14:22 IST
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